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Traditional Kerala Puttu (Breakfast Item)

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  Puttu podi 2 Cup (32 tbs) (fried rice powder)
  Grated coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Grated cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Luke warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1. Mix little salt in half cup of warm water.
2. Mix 1/2 tsp of grated cumin and 1/2 tsp of sugar with the rice powder.
3. Sprinkle water on the rice powder and start mixing it so as to make the powder wet.
4. Keep on sprinkling water and continue mixing, till u can make lumps that do not break.
5. After the mixture has enough moisture, run it in a grinder for a few seconds so that there are no lumps.
6. For making Puttu, there is a special vessel known as Puttu Kutti which is placed on top of another vessel called Puttu Kudam.
7. Fill the PuttuKudam with water, not more than half its capacity.
8. Place a handful of grated coconut in the Puttukutty (special utensil) and then add the rice mixture till half, now add another handful of grated coconut.
9. Close the lid and place the PuttuKutti on the PuttuKuddam and steam the Puttu for about 10-12 minutes.
10. It is ready to be served with Mutta Curry (Egg Roast) or Kadala Curry (Bengal Gram Curry)or even with bananas.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Rice Flour
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Puttu (Steamed Rice Flour & Coconut Mix)

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 960 Calories from Fat 87

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.9%

Saturated Fat 6.9 g34.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 202.7 mg8.4%

Total Carbohydrates 197 g65.7%

Dietary Fiber 7.6 g30.2%

Sugars 2.8 g

Protein 15 g29.9%

Vitamin A Vitamin C 1.1%

Calcium 4.1% Iron 10.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


vandana's picture
The pottu looks very delicious. I too make it with the chemba rice pottu podi that gives it this wonderful color and is healthy too.
srividya76's picture
Yes Vandana this is our favorite breakfast at home and we have it with kadala curry. My little daughter likes to eat puttu prepared along with banana.
madhu narayan's picture
I've tried several times but failed. I'm unable to mix the right amount of water hence every time its turning out dry not cooked properly.
Anonymous's picture
Hey... This used to happen to me when I used to cook puttu initially. Then it was ma dad who could tell me the exact consistency the rice flour should take :) add enough water that can separate the grains well, but when you squeeze a handful in your fist that should remain as it is and shouldn't fall apart.. hope you are getting it.. try a few time and I am sure you will learn the correct consisitency... :) I just love puttu and kadala curry or cherupayaru curry combination... It's awesome! :)
Anonymous's picture
Hi, Thanks for the recipe. I actually have a doubt. I very recently got a puttu maker a pressure cooker attachment. But when I use it, The steam escapes from the bottom of the puttu maker. Is that fine? otherwise, What should I be doing ?
Traditional Kerala Puttu (Breakfast Item) Recipe, Puttu (Steamed Rice Flour & Coconut Mix)